It is Fashion Week in New York. Which means beautiful people and beautiful clothes all over the place. Don't you wish we were there?
(Are you there?)
Luckily for us peons, there is more than one way to get a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion wonderland.
Wanna hear one?
Might I suggest picking up "The September Issue" on DVD?
You may remember reading, right here on this very blog, a brief recap of the film, a documentary that follows Anna Wintour and the staff of Vogue as they put together and publish the massive September issue of the magazine.
The DVD hits stores on February 23rd, complete with plenty of special extras, including outtakes, extended scenes and a backstage look at some of the biggest, fiercest fashion shows out there.
Like New York Fashion Week.
(Don't you wish we were there?)
I just listened in on an ever-so-interesting phone interview with the film's director, R.J. Cutler. He said lots of fascinating things about filmmaking and Anna Wintour and the rest of the Vogue gang, but the thing that stuck out most to me was his opinion that, even when we dismiss fashion as something frivolous and silly, we are what we wear. In R.J.'s words, "What you put on says a great deal about who you are."
In short, everything we wear makes a statement. Even when we're not trying to say anything at all. Or even when we are trying to say that we couldn't care less. Not caring is a statement of its own.
If you are lucky enough to live in New York (don't the rest of us wish we were there?), you can get more wisdom straight from the horse's mouth. R.J. and a few of the characters portrayed in the film will be signing copies of the DVD and answering your burning questions at an event at a Manhattan Barnes and Noble on February 25th.
(Sadly I can't tell you which one, though I am sure you can find it somewhere else on the Internet.)
And I am happy to sign DVDs for those of you who can't make it.
What a deal, right?
How can you repay the favor, you ask? Well, hop into the comments section and tell us: If we are what we wear, what are you?